All India Coordinated Research Project on Farm Implements and Machinery (AICRP-FIM) was started during the V Five Year Plan period (vide letter No. 26(10)/73-AE dated 21st May, 1975) with six centres with IARI, New Delhi as the coordinating centre. The Coordinating Cell of the scheme was shifted to CIAE, Bhopal in September, 1977. The project expanded its horizon over different regions of India during different Five Year Plans. The project continues to function in XII Five Year Plan (vide ICAR letter No. A.Engg./6/4/2011/IA-II(AE) dated 1st January, 2015) with total plan outlay of Rs. 7178 lakh at 25 centres. The centres are engaged in five different activities namely research and development, prototype manufacturing, prototype feasibility testing, front line demonstration and custom hiring of improved farm implements and machinery.
To identify the mechanization gaps and future needs of improved farm equipment and machinery for different agro-climatic regions, crops and operations, and to conduct research and development, prototype production, feasibility testing, front line demonstration and promote custom hiring of farm equipment and machinery to bridge identified mechanization gaps.
The objectives of the AICRP on Farm Implements and Machinery are as follows:
i. To design, develop, test and adopt improved farm implements and machinery for different agro-climatic regions, crops and operations suitable for animate, mechanical and electric power sources to increase crop production and land and labour productivity.
ii. To manufacture the required number of units in Prototype Manufacturing Workshop of selected improved and proven designs of farm implements and machinery for their multi-location feasibility trials and promotional programmes.
iii. To conduct feasibility testing of prototypes of proven designs of farm implements and machinery on farmer’s fields, selected from different regions for adoption under local conditions with a view to bridge the identified mechanization gaps.
iv. To conduct frontline demonstration of new designs of farm implements and machinery selected from different regions on farmer’s fields to test their efficacy for adoption and popularization under local conditions with a view to bridge the identified mechanization gaps.
v. To establish linkages with manufacturers by involving them in development process of farm machines and their production technology for the manufacture of improved farm implements.
vi. To train rural youth and entrepreneurs in custom hiring services of improved farm implements and machinery.
• Mechanization study and database development for agricultural machinery and manufacturers
• Design, development and commercialization of farm implements
• Multiplication of R&D products at Prototype Manufacturing Workshops (PMWs) for multi-location trials
• Prototype feasibility testing and front-line demonstration of improved farm implements and machinery
• Farm machinery management for efficient and optimum utilization of available agricultural machinery
• Promoting custom hiring services through entrepreneurship for use of high capacity farm equipment
• Streamlining of testing procedure, training of engineers and conducting testing of farm equipment for standardization and quality control in farm equipment manufacturing.
Dr C R Mehta
ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering,
Nabibagh, Berasia Road, Bhopal – 462 038
Phone : 0755-2521163